Everyone thrilled with museum’s remodel

By | November 20, 2015

Big changes have been made to the Longwell Museum at Crowder College’s Neosho campus in the past month.top museum copy

“With the generous donation from Judy Haas Smith, we were able to give the museum the improvements it needed to provide a more professional space,” said Casey Smith, director of art and design for the Longwell Museum.

The museum remodeling project began Sept. 14 and was finished Oct. 8, and included adding movable walls and pedestals. The “new” museum was officially unveiled to the public during Judy Smith’s book-signing ceremony for her recent novel about Daniel Longwell and his wife, “Larger than LIFE.”

“We had 18 pedestals before and they added 64 more, and they also built 16 movable sheetrock walls,” said Smith.

The interesting thing about the walls is that due to their height, they had to built inside the museum and they cannot leave the museum.

“We can only use them in the museum but since they are moveable, we can move them to any arrangement we want depending on the show we are presenting,” said Smith. lady at museum copy

Before the remodel, the museum used gray canvas panels and the few pedestals it had. Students also couldn’t hang any heavy artwork on the panels because they wouldn’t hold.

“We aren’t sure if we will keep the panels, we may be able to use them for other projects,” said Smith.

The Longwell Museum is currently used for teaching purposes as well as art shows for students and the community.

“Students learn how to set the lights themselves and with the new walls they can professionally set up their own space for the shows,” said Smith.

“We now have the ability to show almost any artwork with the remodel.”

The museum on average rotates nine different shows each year. Two are shows that Crowder puts on, one is the annual Festival of Wreaths, and three are area high school art shows. number three copy

“I think now we will get artists to consider this space when before they wouldn’t,” said Smith.

Crowder does not charge to use the museum and gets plenty of use from the school and community.

“It’s so flexible now and it’s amazing. When you walk in it’s like you’re in a space that you’ve never been before,” said Smith.

“I have had several people that have said that they are very impressed with the space and I hope everyone gets the chance to come check it out. We are very grateful to Judy Haas Smith and her donation to make all this possible.”

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